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Oil and gas lawyer Emma Payne joins McAfee & Taft

February 25, 2019

Emma J. Payne, a trial lawyer and former federal judicial clerk, has joined McAfee & Taft, the state’s largest law firm.  Her civil litigation practice is focused on complex business litigation, with specific emphasis on matters affecting the energy industry, including disputes involving breach of contract claims, leases, titles, royalty payments, environmental and surface damages, bodily injury, negligence and products liability.  A portion of her practice is devoted to transactional matters, including negotiating and drafting oil and gas agreements, curing title defects, and performing complex analysis of ownership rights in surface, mineral, royalty and leasehold estates.

Prior to joining McAfee & Taft, Payne served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Robin J. Cauthron of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Her previous career experience also includes working as an oil and gas attorney for an Edmond, Oklahoma-based law firm.

The Kansas City-area native is a 2016 graduate of the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she served as managing editor of the Oklahoma City University Law Review.  She also holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish from the University of Kansas.

With more than 180 attorneys and offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Springfield, McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal.